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Old 09-18-2019, 09:40 AM
steveandbarb1 steveandbarb1 is offline
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Linskey gr270

I am about to pull the string on 2019 leftover Lynskey GR270. Geo looks most attractive with 7.5cm drop and decent headtube to get so the drop won't be so bad with my bad back. So:
1. Ultegra 2x vs Force 1x? I am used to shimano, but force 1x seems decent for my needs
2. Wheels Vision Team 30 appears to be basic stock wheels, and for decent bike like this would be heavy rolling. Stans MK3 would be next upgrade
3. Is there anything else I should be looking at? Don't want to spend over 3,300.

Other option is to have a frame made which would be canti's and move stuff over from my older geekhouse.

I do want to go full ti this time around
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:11 AM
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Are you going to do longer gravel rides on rolling stuff? I've never regretted my Ultegra 2X drivetrain with a 36/46 and 11-32. I could have used a 34 a few times, but the overall gear ratios available are good. 1X is easier to maintain, but you'd have to figure in the jumps between gears and chainline.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:37 AM
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My brother recently bought a GR260 and it rides quite nicely on gravel. The finish quality is very good as well. If there’s a deal, I say take it.

Shimano or Sram, go for what you prefer feelwise. Even though I think Sram 1x makes most sense for gravel, I don’t like the feel of Sram, so for me Shimano it’s worth it. I disagree with the post above, I think a 46/36 has no place on a gravel bike. Not enough on the high or low end. If you ride anywhere with hills, I’d recommend a 50/34 or 48/32 with an 11/34 cassette, or even an 11/36.

Wheels will make a great difference in the ride, but iirc, the price to upgrade to the Stan’s from Lynskey isn’t all that favorable, maybe better to wait until a choice pair pops up here?

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Old 09-18-2019, 11:52 AM
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If you have hills nearby, I'd go 2x and at least 34/34 as your low gear - 32/34 would be better.. Remember that bigger wheels have more circumference to turn over, so you need lower gears for an equivalent speed at the same rpm.

As for the wheels, check out HUNT - for under $400 you can get a pair of X-Wide gravel wheels that are designed for 35+mm tires and are perfect for graveling on rough surfaces.

At some point you have to ask if the complete bike route is worth it vs. piecing together what you want. An R7020 hydro group is pretty cheap, and from there you can pick the finishing kit and wheels that work for you. Coming in under $3.3K should be doable, and with no need to try to resell OEM parts that don't have much value in the used market.

There's also this: https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXTE...-tempest-r8000

$2399 w R8020 and RX800 rear mech. There's some OEM stuff on it, but still a nice build and plenty of room to make upgrades.

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Old 09-18-2019, 12:58 PM
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Having set up my "gravel" bike as a 1X, I feel I can weigh in here. Unless where you live in mostly flat, I wouldn't do it. Not enough range. You're either going to be missing the top/lower end.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:49 PM
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I bought a GR260 with 105 during one of Lynskey's closeout sales. Nice bike and well worth the price. However, I should mention that I paid far less than the current price with 20% discount; mine was $1,850 with free shipping. My point, if you are not in a hurry it may be advisable to wait for prices to drop more.
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:30 PM
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Great - not in hurry. When did you buy?
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:33 PM
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Shimano or Sram, go for what you prefer feelwise. Even though I think Sram 1x makes most sense for gravel, I don’t like the feel of Sram, so for me Shimano it’s worth it. I disagree with the post above, I think a 46/36 has no place on a gravel bike. Not enough on the high or low end. If you ride anywhere with hills, I’d recommend a 50/34 or 48/32 with an 11/34 cassette, or even an 11/36.
It all depends on where you live and ride. Every one of these threads has opinions based on where the rider lives. Most of my rides are rolling hills on pretty good gravel with the occasional wash. It's much like a road ride with bad pavement and poor traction. There are times I wished for a front 34, but the majority of my rides, 36/46 has been good. Are people actually spinning out 46/11's?
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:21 PM
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Great - not in hurry. When did you buy?
Late October 2017
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:11 AM
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I will chime in as I have used both. I live in the southern Adirondack foothills and have run both Sram 1x and Shimano 2x on different gravel bikes.

My 2x set up is 52/36 with an 11-40 in the rear never let me down on the road or gravel/dirt. There are plenty of hills, rolling terrain and descents that this kind of gearing will comfortably allow me to ride without ever feeling under or over geared. The biggest detriments are in my opinion the chain slap in certain gears and the gear spacing, but I like it over the 1x systems I have used.

I have used both force and rival 1x groups and they function great. They are also great for climbing as I ran them with everything from 42t-34t oval up front and an 11-40 in the rear. The simplicity is nice, but I did end up spinning it out quite a bit. It is excellent if you are predominantly riding dirt/gravel, but lacked top end on the asphalt on descents and sometimes the flats.

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Old 09-20-2019, 06:23 PM
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I purchased a GR270 about a month ago with Force 22. I did change the crank to a subcompact 48-32, but planned on that up front and already had it. I am very happy with the bike. No issues or complaints at all.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:37 PM
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I went with the Helix Pro rim brake with mechanical Ultegra. I fricken love it.


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Old 09-21-2019, 09:00 AM
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I bought a Helix Sport Disc with 105 hydro. This is a really nice bike. Very well put together. Apparently they ran out of their stock Lynskey forks so they put an Enve on my bike..no charge.
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Old 09-21-2019, 06:30 PM
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I've got almost 11,000 miles on my GR260 that was a year old this past 4th of July was the first ride. About half on the original I-9 / Carbon rim 700c wheels and half on 650b with SON dynamo in the front.

The bike has been great with Ultegra but I did change the rings to Absolute Black oval 30/46.

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Old 09-22-2019, 01:03 AM
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I'll echo that if you have hills, you will likely want Ultegra x2. I'm running a 46/36 up front but switched the small to a 34, and the 11-34 in back. 34/34 works for me, I'd think about going to a 46/32 if it were convenient...where is that Easton EA90 crank? I'm 1x on my MTBs but for gravel, I like the better coverage and smaller steps.
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